Barry Woods is devoted to developing and fostering renewable energy infrastructure, particularly in the electric vehicle space. He moved back to Maine last year to marshal his energy and attention on Maine. With private and non-profit experience in the electric vehicle (EV) sector, he started Electric Mobility NE. As Director, he provides products and services designed to accelerate deployment of electric vehicles. His efforts range from sales of charging station infrastructure to organizing public outreach with dealer ride and drives, and assisting entities with policy development that incentivizes EV investment and deployment.
In November 2013, Woods was the recipient of a Central Maine Power grant aimed to increase the visibility of electric vehicles in Greater Portland, to encourage public/private investment in EVs and infrastructure, and to identify steps to drive EV adoption. Through this one-year effort, he oversaw a program that solicited and distributed over $250,000 – using a matching fund mechanism – to 14 companies and organizations investing in EV technologies. Woods also worked closely with a wide variety of stakeholders including employers (Hannaford, UNUM, Idexx, LLBean), municipalities (South Portland, Scarborough, Standish), associations (Maine Auto Dealers, Innkeepers & Restaurants), state agencies (Energy, Transportation, Tourism), manufacturers (Tesla, Nissan), utilities (Emera Maine), academia (Bowdoin, SMCC, USM) and others. The project successfully garnered a variety of earned media attention, as it created the first high-visibility Greater Portland public DC Fast-Charging station (Fore Street Garage) and the first workplace charging clusters at 2 large employers (Idexx and Hannaford). In July 2014, South Portland unveiled Maine’s second public high-voltage (DC Fast Charger) EV charging station. Consumer engagement included a National Drive Electric Day event (September 2014), the second largest event in New England held at the South Portland public charging cluster. As a result of its leadership, the City of South Portland was honored with the American Lung Association’s Healthy Air Award. The project received $1.50 for every dollar spent, and continues to collect EV usage data from a diverse user demographic.
Ongoing plans for Maine include the following:
1. Deploy additional DC Fast Chargers across Maine
2. Create a Maine Electric Vehicle Alliance
3. Promote Maine signing the Zero Emission Vehicle MOU
4. Promote State of Maine EV incentives
5. Address electric utility regulations impacting EV Service Equipment
6. Electrify major travel corridors and urban centers
7. Expand workplace charging and fleet investment
8. Conduct public outreach and public education
9. Forged N.E. regional relationships for ongoing PEV efforts
Barry’s continuing volunteer roles include Director of Plug In America, serving on the Massachusetts’ EV Initiative Task Force and as Secretary of the Drive Oregon Foundation.
Electric Mobility NE is wholly owned by NE Strategic Energy LLC and by Drummond & Drummond, LLP.